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North Dakota to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Sam's Club Pulls all Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

April 6, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest monthly estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that manufacturing jobs declined slightly in March.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed the company's hardwood flooring sealed in most potentially harmful chemicals.

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Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended three years ago. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.

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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

An autonomous car's recent 3,400-mile U.S. road trip proves there's at least one thing computers do better than humans: Follow the speed limit. 

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U.S. Hiring Slowdown Hit Most Industry Sectors

April 6, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The deceleration of hiring last month hit nearly all parts of the job market as U.S. employers grew wary about the health of the economy.

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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Plant

April 6, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

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Do the Math: Fracking by the Numbers

April 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Break Six Month Slump

April 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. 

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'Cards Against Humanity' Theme Pack to Benefit Women in STEM

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Recipients of the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. “Science Pack” co-creator Zach Weinersmith talks about the game and why supporting women in STEM matters.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 2, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Starbucks announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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U.S. Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit.

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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ethanol advocates marked April Fools' Day by facetiously urging Congress to overhaul the nation's Renewable Fuel standard.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent in February

April 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Weak in March

April 2, 2015 9:20 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China's manufacturing was lackluster in March and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent survey of executives at midsize manufacturers showed expectations for the U.S. economy beginning to mirror optimism about their own companies. 

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Gun Suppressor Industry Experiences Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Recently, manufacturers of firearm suppressors are seeing increased demand for their products. 

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Rewarding Your Readership With Constant Improvement

April 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Editorial director Jeff Reinke announces some of the new things we’re doing to improve the daily content mix.

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